GAME NAME: Tales from the Borderlands Ep. 3 Catch A Ride
DEVELOPER(S): Telltale Games
PUBLISHER(S): Telltale Games/2K Games
PLATFORM(S): Xbox One
GENRE(S): Graphic Adventure
RELEASE DATE(S): June 24th, 2015
The next episode of Tales from the Borderlands has finally arrived and it was thankfully released a lot quicker than episode 2. Telltale Games and 2K Games have been on a role with this interactive story based around the Borderlands lore. Previously, Fiona and Rhys were in the midst of tracking down Gortys and ended up getting ambushed by some unexpected guests. This was basically the end of episode 2 and it was quite the cliffhanger. That alone made it painful waiting for this episode to release as I wanted to find out how my decision panned out.
(The review below may contain light story spoilers, though attempts were made to keep details as vague as possible.)
When the episode starts up you find your decision being executed and the action takes off. This whole episode is actually full of action and is constantly holding your attention till the end. When you are trying to leave with Gortys you are met with a very violent and new character known as Vallery, who is the one in charge of the bounty hunters that were seeking out Fiona. Some major decisions will be made here and ultimately you will be graced with Athena’s presence, which is a good thing!
Gortys actually comes alive and is possibly the most entertaining part of this whole episode with her calm and happy-go-lucky attitude. The loader bot befriends Gortys and they end up like two peas in a pod through the whole episode. Once you speak to Gortys it becomes clear that you are to pursue finding upgrade parts for her to ultimately find the vault. This quest takes you to a very bright and different area of Pandora, known as the Biodome, which is filled with tons of plants and interesting wild life. Atlas seemed to run this area and you will end up meeting some new characters along with encountering some awesome fight/action scenes.
I am happy to say that Telltale did an excellent job on this episode and have created a more engrossing story that keeps me begging for more. The framerate was a lot better this time around, although there was some parts where it seemed to load in the most inappropriate times (like during a fight scene). The music as always is stellar and I believe Telltale stepped it up a notch in the script on this episode and have successfully made a true masterpiece.
There isn’t too much to write about in recommending this episode, except that if you own the first two then its a no brainer. Although the occasional loading times in bad spots occurred, I still hold this episode way better than the last. Everything was done perfectly from start to finish and it has me eagerly waiting for the final two episodes of Tales from the Borderlands.